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Plane Crash at Le Mars Airport

(Le Mars) The Le Mars Fire-Rescue Department was called to an airplane crash at the Le Mars Airport Saturday at 7:02 pm.  The pilot of the plane was treated at the scene by the Le Mars ambulance crew and taken to Floyd Valley Hospital with unknown injuries.  The identy of the pilot is being withheld until relatives have been notified.  Preliminary findings indicate the plane was a two sea, single engine experimental aircraft.  It had just taken off from the airport when it encountered an unkown problem, and tried to return to the airport, and crashed in the corn field west of the airport.  The crash is currently under investigation.  The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and personnel will be on scene Monday, September 26, 2011.  Firefighters stopped fuel leaking from the plane.  The Le Mars Fire-Rescue department was assisted by the Le Mars Ambulance Crew, Le Mars Police Department and the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office.

 

Man killed in Iowa collision of motorcycle, Jeep

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A man has been killed in a collision between a motorcycle and a Jeep in Des Moines.  The Des Moines police say the operator of the motorcycle was
thrown into the intersection during the collision, which was
reported just before 2 p.m. Saturday. He died at the scene. His
name has not been released.


Iowa state trooper killed in crash laid to rest

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines
Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com)

ANKENY, Iowa (AP)
- Dozens of Iowa State Patrol troopers and
police officers across Iowa have turned out for services for a
trooper who died in a fiery crash near Indianola.
The Des Moines Register reports that law enforcement officers at
Mark Toney's funeral wore black bands across their badges and white
carnation boutonnieres that pointed toward the heart.
The 43-year-old Toney died Tuesday when his cruiser left U.S.
Highway 65, landed in a field and burst into flames. The crash
remains under investigation.
Toney was born in Murphysboro, Illinois and grew up in Ankeny.
His funeral was held Saturday morning at Northview Middle School in
Ankeny, followed by burial at Ankeny Memorial Gardens Cemetery.


Iowa City fire damages businesses, apartments


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP)
- A fire and explosion at an Iowa City
apartment has caused damage to several businesses.
A statement from the Iowa City fire department says the fire was
reported just after 2 a.m. Saturday by the resident of the
second-story apartment, which sits above a bagel shop. Firefighters
were forced to fight the blaze from outside after an explosion
believed by fire officials to have been caused by a backdraft.
The fire department says the fire spread to a nearby building
and at least three others in the area sustained smoke and water
damage.
One apartment resident was treated at the scene. No other
injuries were reported.


Cain tops Perry in Florida straw poll


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)
- Herman Cain won an early test vote in
Florida that lacked most of the leading candidates' participation.
The former Godfather's Pizza CEO captured 37.1 percent of the
vote at Saturday's Presidency 5 straw poll in Orlando, with Texas
Gov. Rick Perry coming in second with 15.4 percent. Mitt Romney
came in third with14 percent and Rick Santorum followed with 10.88
percent. Texas Congressman Ron Paul finished in fifth place after
placing second at last month's Iowa Straw Poll.
While all declared candidates were on the ballot, the first-tier
candidates did not compete. Perry bought hundreds of activists'
breakfasts on the sidelines before heading to Michigan. Romney
skipped and didn't send representatives to the forum, and also was
in Michigan on Saturday.
Cain, an African-American businessman from Atlanta, has never
held elected office but is a tea party favorite. He promises to
eliminate the IRS and radically simplify the U.S. tax code.


U. of Iowa student missing after fall in India

(Information in the following story is from: Star Tribune,
http://www.startribune.com)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Search teams are to resume looking for a
Minnesota hiker who's missing after he fell 100 yards during a
semester-abroad trip in India.
The Star Tribune reports that 20-year-old Tom Plotkin of
Minnetonka was presumed dead after falling Saturday while hiking
above the Ganges River. The search for him is expected to resume
Sunday.
Family friend Phil Forve tells the newspaper Plotkin was hiking
on a trail with five students near Munsiyari, India, when he
twisted his ankle and fell down a steep drop to a boulder-strewn
ledge.
Forve says Plotkin is a junior international business major at
the University of Iowa.
Plotkin's mother, Elizabeth Brenner, says her son left for India
in August.


Panel extends probe of Iowa county's redistricting

(Information in the following story is from: The Des Moines
Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A state ethics board is extending its
investigation of Polk County's redistricting plan.
The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board met Friday to
consider a complaint filed by Matt Whitaker, a former U.S. attorney
for the Southern District of Iowa. The Des Moines Register the
board voted to further look into the redistricting plan before
making a decision.
The new Polk County map puts Republican incumbents Robert
Brownell, of Clive, and E.J. Giovannetti, of Urbandale, in the same
district. Republicans have been complaining that the redistricting
plan favors incumbent Democrats.
Board of Supervisors Chairman John Mauro, a Democrat, has said
those handling the redistricting followed the law.


Iowa cruises past Louisiana-Monroe, N. Iowa beats W. Illinois

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - James Vandenberg threw for 270 yards and
three touchdowns and Iowa cruised past Louisiana-Monroe 45-17 on
Saturday.
Marcus Coker added 113 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns
for the Hawkeyes (3-1), who raced out to a 28-3 halftime lead at
home on the strength of a revitalized passing attack in their final
tuneup before the start of Big Ten play.
In Cedar Falls on Saturday quarterback Tirrell Rennie accounted
for five touchdowns and over a 100 yards rushing as FCS stalwarts
Northern Iowa defeated Western Illinois 38-10. David Johnson added
132 yards rushing and a touchdown catch for the Panthers in the
Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams.
The Iowa State Cyclones were off on Saturday.


Drake tops Butler 24-14

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Patrick Cashmore ran for 115 yards and two
touchdowns and Drake defeated Butler 24-14 on Saturday in the
teams' Pioneer League opener.
Michael Piatkowski threw for 276 yards and a TD for the Drake
(3-1) Bulldogs against the Bulldogs from Indiana.
A scoring pass to Kevin Marshall, along with Piatkowski's
2-point conversion run, gave Drake the lead for good at 14-7 midway
through the second quarter. Cashmore's 14-yard touchdown run with
1:55 left in the half gave the visitors a 21-7 lead.
Billy Jansen kicked a 31-yard field goal late in the third
quarter to make it 24-7 Drake.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


   

LCT to Stage "Barefoot in the Park"

(Le Mars)-- What happens when a free spirit marries a straight-laced lawyer?  You'll find out in the Le Mars Community Theater's upcoming performance of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park."  Lisa Opheim, who has appeared in two shows at Le Mars Community and has worked for a number of years with the Spencer Community Theater, is directing her first show at the Postal Playhouse. She tells us what the show is about.

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Mix in a conservative mother-of-the-bride and a wacky next door neighbor, who end up on a double date with the newlyweds, and you've got funny conflict and few awkward situations.  Lisa says the cast she's put together is clicking with some good chemistry after two weeks of rehearsal.

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You may also find some Le Mars stage veterans making a brief cameo appearance as a delivery person early in the show. 
 
The upcoming show will be staged the last weekend of October and the first weekend in November at the newly remodeled Postal Playhouse in Le Mars.  According to Opheim the quality of the writing, the familiarity of the show, and the fun 1960's setting make this a great play that the whole family will have fun with.

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Visit the theater's website for more information. http://lemarscommtheatre.org/Page_2.html

   

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